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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1988-09-12

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1988-09-12

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Jack Straw, Althea, Good Times, Dire Wolf, Cassidy, Dupree's Diamond Blues, When I Paint My Masterpiece, When Push Comes To Shove, The Music Never Stopped Box Of Rain-> Cold Rain & Snow-> Women Are Smarter-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Space-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source (Healy Mix) SBD>DAT>CDR
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(Healy Mix) SBD>DAT>CDR; Seeded to etree by Tim Wiley


Reviewer: SEANDIAMONDRYAN - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2015
Subject: @skr213 Re: Slam dancing in the hallways in ur review
That great fun is accredited to myself and the late great David Levitan. Dave ODd in Deer Creek in 92 but was the man. taught me o tour right, taping, making huge money off the tourists. How to take a Drive Away car on tour and so much more. Yes the crunchiest hippies disliked it but every venue that put speakers in the hall, we got it started. It was very mild. Super fun.
Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2013
Subject: Never trust a woman who wears her pants to tight
Not a big fan of 88' I caught all 4 shows at Capital Centre and all 4 shows in Philly> which is home and there is no place like home!! I must say that this is my favorite out of those 8 shows..Philly and The Dead mix well together..always a carnival like atmosphere..God bless the freaks..Love the Healy mix and a solid well played please GIVE IT A WHIRL..Forever Grateful>Forever Dead
Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2013
Subject: overdrive music never stopped!!! hyperspace
the music neverstopppeddd is outa sigfht !!!!!
box is as perfect as phil EVER sang it, full !!!
the jam goes into amizing land as if ur @cornell5/8/77 morning dew ,its that high!!!!!!!also amazzzinggg box into coldrain>monster brent singin womenR Smata !!
5 on mix healy got this one right!
4.5 on sond selection/combo
5 on hyperspace in many songs ,esp musicNS!!!!!
i would love some dicks picks
Reviewer: xbird - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2010
Subject: Long Time Gone ...
Been 22 years since I was at this show and probably 15 since i listened to the Dead on anything but radio. My mind was blown to the end of the universe this night (wickedly evil black kitty kat;~) ), but I know it was one of the best of more than a dozen shows I went to. Tommy "Pookie Bear" Beaulieu-deepest dearest friend n daredevil (RIP) and I got right down to biz front and right of center. Talk about etheral musical high voltage flowing through you dance chainig with the ladies during "push", feeling elated and gutted at the same through "cold rain" coring out the twist to the snap and total kick of "women" Just crazy f'in good! Cranking this now through crappy little 'puter speakers has that "taste" flowing in my saliva, my muscles full of juiced up tension and memories flooding back with tears in my eyes. God how i miss these times and my buddy. Am forever glad to have pushed out of the brutal boring mold that mainstream 80s was and made the Dead a part of my life, even if it was only a short time. Thank you for hosting this--you've brought the soul of a dear friend back to me today...
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2009
Grate show. This show is incredible. One of the best I've ever heard and I have over a thousand of them. Perfect recording. I just realized I listened to this on Jerry's sixty seventh birthday. I just wish he'd have taken better care of himself. RIP fatman.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2009
Subject: Very Good show
yes, the althea smokes
cold rain is amazing
and I really enjoy jerry's jam @ the end of women

one of my favorite from 88
ahhh, and the sound is impeccable
Reviewer: Silverstein - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2009
Subject: Great Jack Straw except...
I thought Weir brought them out of the solo a bit too early with his "Jack Straw..." They could have gone on a bit more. '88 was such a good year. Some great Dylan tunes from this tour.
Reviewer: cmclancy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2008
Subject: outta sight
been on dead hiatus for a couple months, great show to come back to, still sometimes wish i'd been born 20 years sooner. peace
Reviewer: magicarpetride08 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2008
Subject: listened to althea only so far...
told me all I needed to know
Reviewer: skr213 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2008
Subject: Best of the Philly run, IMO
Overall: great recording. Very solid show - my favorite of the Philly run. Great song selections the whole way through, IMO.

The scene: ok, this was the night that people were slam dancing in the hallway!!! Does anyone else remember that?? During Women>Eyes, there was a friggin mosh pit in the hallway near one of the sets of speakers. It was mild by pit standards, but still, people were getting bumped into who did NOT appreciate it. It amused me more than bothered me, but some people were really freakin out about it. I couldn't blame them either - it's not like there's a whole lot of space around those speakers, so the pit forced the rest of us farther away from the speakers. Never saw that before or since, but it does make this show stand out in my memory!

The music: not sure why a couple of people have said the beginning is sluggish. I think the Jack and Althea are both good. Never Trust is sluggish by nature, but Jerry's solo is crisp and Brent is awesome as always. Also, Jerry's voice sounds better on this night than the previous few. Good Music to end the first set. Box, Cold Rain are a nice choice to start the second set and both are played well. Women R rocks well. Like someone else mentioned, Jerry makes a nice transition to Eyes, playing out some chords while everyone is still doing the "that's right" vocal part, and then allowing it to flow into Eyes. Phil perks up a little in Eyes, which sounds nice. The outro jam is really nice and has some great Phil moments as well. Post-space they jam on Other One for a good long time before going into the verses, with Phil again laying down some good chops. Healey gets dicey with Bobby's vocals in a fun way. This is a really good Other One. Nice Good Lovin too, complete with Bobby rap about sayin "how do you do?" to your neighbor.
Reviewer: sniffinflowers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2007
Subject: woman-flawless
that women are smarter is flawless, i remember this show, i slept under a tree..awesome show
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2007
Subject: Philly - Sept 12, 1988
How did i overlook this...
why is this not recognized?
Great Setlist
Phenomenal vocals


god bless the greatful dead
Reviewer: Tuscano - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2007
Subject: only show I saw
I was stupid-- could have seen lots of shows, but took them for granted and didn't know how much the Dead would mean to me later on. At parties where I went to college, they always seemed to be on. There was no way to miss them. So I never imagined I would one day feel so bad about Jerry leaving us so young.

I was touched so deeply by that show that it hurts now.
Reviewer: godotmez - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 29, 2006
Subject: The Sound
This is a good show, but as is noted by others, the sound is great. A big phat presence that really captures the live feeling (for me anyway). I give it five stars specifically because it captures a good show with a great mix.
Reviewer: And another thing - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2006
Subject: Go Johnathan!
Feel the POWER. This recording is BIG. So hard to find a mix that really does the live experience justice. This comes pretty close. A MUST listen.
Reviewer: Dstone5553 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2005
Subject: Best Healy Mix I've heard yet
This is way better than Hampton 88 or any other Healy in terms of sound. This one is my favorite board/aud mix ou's silky smooth and can be turned up past three o'clock. Great show--the post space is what I go off on.
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